The Rescue of Road Ranger

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Robo Machine featuring the GoBots Annual 1986
The Rescue of Road Ranger
Publisher World International Publishing Limited
First published Autumn 1985
Cover date 1986
Writer Uncredited
Artist Uncredited

The Renegades’ attempt to steal a delivery of sorium leaves Road Ranger in danger. Meanwhile the other Guardians aren’t doing much better…

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Overlooking a coastal bridge as a storm begins to rage, the Renegades wait in ambush. Doctor Braxis has intercepted an encrypted NASA signal about sorium being transported for processing. The transport lorry appears, and Crasher drives out and rams the bridges supports. Skidding across the bridge, the lorry is left stranded as the rest of the bridge collapses.

As the Renegades prepare to capture the cargo, Cy-Kill detects a Guardian presence and realizes it’s a trap. From within the cab Nick Burns shouts at the Renegades about how they created the encrypted signal as the lorry folds out into Road Ranger. From his chest Matt Hunter and Nick scan the skies for Guardian reinforcements. Cop-Tur attempts to attack them but is shot down by Road Ranger’s power beam and he retreats to Thruster. Cy-Kill screeches at him to come back since they outnumber them. Matt muses he’s probably right and wonders where the Guardians are.

Crasher brings down the bridge, but Road Ranger has flown off. Cy-Kill and Crasher transform and fly after him. They chase him up through the clouds and into the storm. Road Ranger clears the cloud bank but then flies back in just as Crasher and Cy-Kill fly out. He quickly flies back to the ground and transformers to lorry mode and hides in a tunnel. He is unable to contact the Command Center and realizes that it's disappeared.

After the Command Center was stuck by lighting everything suddenly goes black and there is a high-pitched wailing. When the lights come back on they find themselves in a sunlit forest. Much to A.J. Foster’s shock three Tyrannosaurus’s lumber out of the forest and begin to rock the Command Center. Leader-1 realizes that the lighting strike must have overloaded the computers circuits and activated the hyperdrive without setting a destination, thus sending them back in time. Scooter begins to work out how to fix the circuits while Turbo and Leader-1 fend off the dinosaurs. They succeed but are hindered when a pterodactyl suddenly snaps Turbo in its beak. Leader-1 blasts it and it lets go of Turbo. Leader-1 is then grabbed by a T-rex, which Turbo knocks over. Scooter having repaired the computer prepares to jump back to the present.

Back in the present the Renegades have found Road Ranger and close in for the kill. Matt tries to shoot them with his laser pistol and scrambles out of the lorry. Cy-Kill points out that they can’t hope to stop him alone, when Leader-1, Turbo and Scooter fly towards them causing the two to retreat. Nick laments the good luck only for Scooter to note that it only took them two million years to get there.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Royal-T is mentioned but does not appear.
  • Sorium was introduced in the Battle for GoBotron miniseries as the energy source the Renegades were trying to obtain.

Errors[edit | edit source]

  • Dinosaurs apparently were still alive as little as two million years ago.
  • Road Ranger is called "the Road Ranger" at one point.

Adaptations[edit | edit source]